Tue. Nov 29th, 2022

Soon, what was the cheapest new convertible that Americans could buy in 2006? If you guessed “Chrysler PT Cruiser” ($ 19,890 MSRP) you are right, but the Pontiac Solstice only costs $ 25 more. After that came the likes of the Miata, Mustang, New Beetle and so on, all priced under $ 25,000 in their most affordable ragtop versions that year. Chrysler Sebring was the cheapest medium sized convertible in 2006, starting at just $ 26,115 (about $ 39,005 in $ 2022), outperforming the Toyota Camry Solara SE by $ 825. Here’s one of those spacious but reasonably priced Chrysler convertibles, now absolutely worn and residing on a self-service scrap yard in Colorado.

Chrysler sold Sebrings from model years 1995 to 2010, in three generations. The convertible version appeared at the beginning, starting in 1996; it started on the same platform as the long-forgotten “Cloud Cars” (Chrysler Cirrus, Plymouth Breeze, Dodge Stratus), and then moved in 2007 to a platform developed by Mitsubishi / DaimlerChrysler that ranged from Outlanders to Avengers. This makes today’s Junkyard Gem one of the new American members of the Cloud Car family tree, although GAZ has been building Sebring-derived Volga Sibers in Russia for a few more years.

When he came to this place, he had become a real idiot. Rattle paint, adhesive tape coating repair, jobs. Just 16, but it’s done.

The repair of the wire to the torn top shows the ingenuity on the part of a former owner.

The plywood appears to prevent the roof from collapsing.

Since so many Sebrings were invisible fleet cars, it’s easy to forget there was even a convertible. In fact, the Sebring was America’s best-selling new convertible in the mid-2000s.

When the 24 Hours of Lemons racing series first went to the Sebring International Raceway in 2014, I used my vast powers as President of the Supreme Court of Lemons to gain exemption from entry fees for racing cars. Chrysler Sebring. That year we had two Sebrings, both of which were convertibles.

The base Sebring for 2006 got the Neon’s 2.4-liter straight-four just out of production, while the Touring, GTC and Limited trim levels got this 200 horsepower DOHC V6 (originally developed for Chrysler cars). LH) with a displacement of 2.7 liters.

The first Sebrings in the US market could be purchased with five-speed manual transmissions, but a four-speed automatic was mandatory when this car was built.

This is really one of those landfill machines necessary some olfactory assistance. Next stop: The Crusher!

The Sebring asks to be driven.

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